After Conor McGregor went on a rampage in Brooklyn two weeks ago, UFC President, Dana White, called it the “most disgusting” incident in UFC history. The last time he was so angered was in 2010, when Paul Daley punched rival Josh Koscheck after the fight was over as retribution for taunting him during a defeat.
However, this time it took White 72 hours to change direction on McGregor and describe their relationship as one of “mutual respect”. But Daley still remains banned from the organization. According to Daley:
Was what McGregor did worse? Yes, of course it is. He and his team forced themselves into the Barclays Center, they attacked a bus of people. Me and Koscheck? It is completely different. I knew it was going to play out the way it did. The difference between me and McGregor is the amount of money that McGregor brings to the UFC. That’s it. That’s always going to be the case.
McGregor’s threw a metal dolly at the window of a bus carrying UFC fighters. Two fighters were injured and a third, Artem Lobov, was involved in this “disgusting” incident. This resulted in the cancellation of three bouts at UFC 223 earlier this month. That puts all eyes on White to see what punishment, if any, he imposes on the UFC’s biggest draw.
Daley put up a solid performance in losing a unanimous decision to Koscheck in the co-main event of UFC 113. Koscheck, added some choice words to Daley as they clinched late in the bout. After the final bell rang, Daley punched Koscheck before being dragged away by referee Dan Miragliotta.
Dana White was apoplectic afterward and used his post-fight press conference to ban Daley from the UFC:
I don’t care if he fights in every show all over the world and becomes the best and everybody thinks he is the pound-for-pound best in the world. He will never fight in the UFC again.
Daley has put together a strong career fighting in several organizations, most notably Bellator. He will fight former UFC title challenger, Jon Fitch, at Bellator 199 in May.
It has definitely been a driving factor for me in my career. Here is this guy who was banished from the UFC still doing my thing and fans still love to see me fight. To have the longevity I’ve had, even though I was banished from the biggest promotion, is a testament to my fortitude. I put that down to wanting to prove you can still succeed in the sport if you have the talent, whether you are fired from the UFC or fired from another promotion.
Daley apologized to White after his attack on Koscheck. He is now 35 years old and still fiery but has a more philosophical view about it all. He believes White’s actions are hypocritical, but knows enough about the fight game to appreciate that financial factors carry the greatest weight.
It’s a business and it is all down to money and I can’t hate on that. Obviously it is a double standard and McGregor should be treated exactly the same as I was treated. But it’s Conor McGregor and he makes the UFC money. If they let McGregor go, they have nothing. Dana knows that. Hence, why he can attack a busload of people, damn near ruin a whole weekend event, cut up Michael Chiesa, whatever, do all that shit and still be allowed to fight.